Team - Botanist Restaurant


After prestigious stints on the Miami, San Francisco and Toronto culinary scenes, Chef Hector settled into Vancouver at Hawksworth as Senior Sous Chef before taking the helm at Botanist. Under his direction, Botanist has been named one of Canada’s 50 Best Restaurants, listed on the World’s 50 Best Discovery list, and a CAA/AAA Four Diamond restaurant.

This Aussie hailing from Melbourne is a kingpin of the global cocktail scene. Named World-Class Canadian Bartender of the Year in 2014, his cocktailing has taken him everywhere from South Africa to Amsterdam. When not catching waves or shaking things up abroad, he’s taking the Pac Rim beverage program to incredible new heights.

All it took was a culinary trip to Italy and France for Jayden’s career aspirations to solidify. Under the Tuscan sun, he fell in love with the craft and has since flourished on the Culinary Olympic and competition circuit. As second in command, whenever Chef Hector isn’t at Botanist, look for Jayden running the culinary show.



Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Tushar initially pursued an education in hospitality before jumping into a culinary career. He brings his passion for cooking and positive energy as a leader in the kitchen. During his days off, this avid fitness enthusiast can be found running around the seawall or out hiking the local mountains.



Toronto-born Siegel set off with a Culinary Management diploma to follow her dreams and joined the hospitality industry. She has worked for Four Seasons Hotels and
Resorts, SOMA Chocolatemaker, North Arm Farm and much more. When Siegel isn’t in the pastry kitchen,she’s out with her rescue dog, Baxter.



A seasoned Sommelier with over 15 years of experience, brings a unique blend of expertise and passion to the world of wine. Originally from Sherwood Park, AB, Matthew has called British Columbia home for the past two years, captivated by the beauty of Vancouver and its vibrant wine scene. Deeply committed to giving back, Matthew has volunteered at wine shows and supported organizations like the SPCA and Humane Society in Alberta.